4 of the Best Things to Do at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Have you ever seen more than 38,000 beautiful flowers in bloom? This breathtaking sight full of delightful colors and enchanting flora awaits you at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Just minutes from The Russell House Bed & Breakfast, you’ll discover one of Boothbay Harbor’s most popular attractions. It’s the perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon, or just reconnect with the beauty of nature.

Looking for more fun things to do during your visit to Boothbay Harbor? You won’t want to be without our Things To Do guide! It’s filled with all the best recommendations for local attractions just like the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. 

History of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens was founded by seven individuals who saw the need to protect, preserve, and enhance the botanical heritage and landscapes of the coast. It was meant to serve people of all ages through horticulture, education, and research. Since the garden’s opening in 2007, it has blossomed become one of the state’s most beloved attractions. It has also grown from 128 acres to 240 acres in 10 years. From the moment you arrive, you’re sure to discover why so many people can’t help but visit more than once!

4 Fun Things to Do at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Once the gardens open on May 1st, the fun can begin! While viewing the beautiful flowers is the garden’s main attraction, there are so many more activities that you won’t want to miss. Here are just some of the visitor favorites!

Take a Boat Tour

Want to admire the beauty of the gardens from a new vantage point? The Landing offers boat tours and kayaking adventures for a truly peaceful excursion. You may also choose to stop by and simply enjoy the view of the Back River and local islands.

Admire the Sculptures

Through generous donations, the garden has built a collection of awe-inspiring sculptures that were created by local artists with the same mission. You’ll definitely want to see the dazzling Alert Wolf, the Basin, the Earthbook, and more!

Attend a Garden Program

One of the garden’s main goals is to preserve and enhance through education. During your visit, we encourage you to experience one of the many available educational programs for adults. Whether you want to learn how to grow your own food, interact with other photography enthusiasts, or make hypertufa pots, you’ll find the program that is perfect for you!

Enjoy Gardens Aglow

Every winter, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens hosts one of the greatest Christmas time traditions. Visitors from all over the world visit to see the spectacle of dazzling lights that is the Gardens Aglow event. It’s an incredibly romantic holiday experience you’ll have to see to believe!

Visit the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and Other Local Attractions During Your Stay With The Russell House Bed & Breakfast

We invite you to discover the botanical gardens and your own private getaway in Boothbay Harbor. Unlike other hotels in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, our secluded and historic bed & breakfast inn places you outside of the hustle and bustle so you can enjoy peaceful relaxation just minutes from all of your favorite attractions. Our lovely, renovated guest rooms are perfect for hosting intimate getaways, celebrations, or just a simple weekend escape. Guests also enjoy a delicious homemade breakfast each morning with complimentary coffee, tea, and other tasty treats. Ready for the getaway of a lifetime? Book your favorite room at The Russell House today and we look forward to welcoming you soon!